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Howard Mankoff

425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Suite 302
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 618-4118
(973) 618-0685 - Fax

Over more than 20 years, Howard has built a successful legal practice which focuses on professional liability defense, employment litigation and public entity liability defense. A respected trial lawyer, Howard has handled hundreds of professional malpractice claims and has tried almost 100 of them to verdict, a majority of which sided with the defense. In a precedent-setting decision before the Third Circuit, Howard successfully argued that a municipality can exclude houses of worship in order to facilitate economic redevelopment. He also has extensive experience defending cases brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

In 1978 Howard received his undergraduate degree from American University, with honors. He then received his law degree from Rutgers University in 1981.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • What Insurance Claims Professionals Need in Order to Make the Process More Effective, December 2011

  • Risk Management Seminar, CNA, 2003

  • School Bully Laws

  • Trends in Directors and Officers Litigation

  • Counsel Fee Exposure in Employment Litigation

  • Electronic Discovery Issues

  • Mock Trial of Employment Suit

Published Works

  •  “Land Use Litigation – Trends, Exposures and Moral Hazards,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016

  • "Electronic Discovery: The Final Frontier," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005

  • "Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Create New Problems for Defendants," Defense Digest, Fall 1994

Legal Teaching Position

  • Guest lecturer at Hofstra University Law School, 2012


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden, Camden, NJ (J.D., 1981)

  • American University, Washington, DC (B.A., 1978)

    Honors: cum laude

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
By Howard Mankoff, Esq. and Audrey Copeland, Esq.* Key Points: RLUIPA litigation is costly and challenging. Insurers of municipalities faced with a request to defend RLUIPA litigation must resolve the thorny issue of whether they will...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Jul 25, 2019
​The plaintiff was a high school junior who alleged he was physically abused by a special education teacher. He sued the teacher, the school district and several administrators, alleging violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the...
Jul 25, 2019
We obtained a defense verdict in a legal malpractice case affirmed on appeal. Our client was an attorney who represented a plaintiff in a civil rights case against a New Jersey municipality. The underlying facts were complex, involving fraud claims...
Dec 6, 2016
Our client was a lawyer whose former client obtained a building permit to expand his beach house. When the construction was almost complete, the town issued a stop work order on the basis that the construction did not conform to the plans filed with...
Jun 8, 2015
Represented an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, through a non-profit Directors and Officers policy, that was sued by its former Cantor for wrongful termination. The Cantor claimed that under Talmudic law, he had the job for life. We disputed the argument...


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1981)
  • American University (B.A., cum laude, 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

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  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2006, 2008

    The 2016 Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Year Joined Organization: 1992

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